It was his most curious turn of phrase as President Obama tried to rally the troops on health care.
Speaking Thursday to Organizing for America, his grassroots army, Obama compared the worries that he's lost his momentum on health care to August 2007, when he was well behind in the Iowa caucuses -- which he eventually won as a springboard to the Democratic nomination -- and to last August, when the buzz over Sarah Palin temporarily boosted the Republican ticket.
"The media was obsessed with it, and cable was 24 hours a day, and 'Obama's lost his mojo,' " the president said to laughter. "You remember all that? There's something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up. I don't know what it is. But that's what happens."
The "wee-weed up" part raised some eyebrows, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked for a definition today.
"I don't know if I should do that from the podium. It's a phrase I use, but..." he said, telling reporters he wanted to keep the briefing "family friendly."
"I think wee-weed up is when people just get all nervous for no particular reason," Gibbs continued. "So this is just sort of an August pundit pattern between people getting overly nervous for something that still has a long way to go.
Finally, Obama's chief spokesman gave it up: The PG-rated term for "wee-weed" is bed-wetting.
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